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Do snakes lay eggs?

The truth is not all snakes lay eggs. There are species that give birth to young snakes. However, most snake species do lay eggs and they are inside the bodies of female snakes.



More than 70% of snakes reproduction result in eggs. But the rest percentage gives birth to young snakes. Some of these types are vipers, rattlesnakes and boas plus some of the sea snakes.

Snakes that lay eggs

The majority of snakes that lay eggs include Colubridae. Cobras, taipas and adders are among species. But unlike these snakes, the sea snakes give birth to young ones. Laticauda. It is a snake species with the type of oviparous – it gives birth on sands unlike the sea snakes.

Some female snakes neglect the eggs right after the laying on sands. However, some species turn out to warm the eggs, use coils around as an incubator until these eggs are ready to hatch. Female Cobras can be venomous and they stay for awhile after the babies are hatched.

Snakes that give birth to baby snakes

Snakes give birth their young ones in 2 different ways. This is why there are 2 types of them: the ovoviviparous and viviparous. Both of these snakes fully give birth although in different way. Viper snakes and rattlesnakes give birth the same like green anaconda does. As a member of Hydrophiinae, sea snakes also expect baby in their ovarium. They give birth to live young but they are born in the sea.

In ovoviviparous, the eggs are hatched inside the female’s body and it eventually comes out as a living young – which means they are born outside of the eggs. When it comes to snakes, baby snakes have to live on their own without any parental protection. Right after the birth, the babies already loaded with the venoms and fangs. Their bites are just as deadly as the adults.

When talking about snakes, it takes a long story like a ladder to form the circle of its reproduction. Moreover, the maternal care may be varied among each snake species. The breed of snakes that are immigrants also need more research to find out exactly how they breed and live. The egg layers and the tender loving snakes are just some of the studies that scientist found but it may not be a general theory that applies to all snake species. Go back to the How to get rid of snakes home page.

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